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Houston Outlaws vs New York Excelsior: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch League Season 1

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Introduction

The Overwatch league is a push into establishing a structured esports league for Overwatch. Blizzard first announced the Overwatch League at Blizzcon 2016 and followed it up with almost a year of planning. The gap left in Overwatch esports during this time left a lot of dismayed fans. But the community’s response to the Opening day of Overwatch League has been nothing short of impressive. With over 400,000 fans tuning into Twitch for the first day, one can definitely call the League a success.

The Overwatch League consists of twelve teams in its first season. Slated for expansion in subsequent seasons, the League bears a strong tilt towards North American teams. There are nine teams from North America, One from Europe, One from South Korea and finally a Chinese team from Shanghai to finish the lineup. Each team is allowed a maximum of twelve players, with teams being allowed to substitute players after each map. The Overwatch League has seen investments from several non-endemic to esports investors such as the Kroenke family, Robert Kraft, Hersh Interactive amongst others. At the same time, we have some well-known esports organizations involved in the regular handling of the teams. EnVyUs, Misfits, Immortals, and Cloud9 are some of the most well-known esports organizations with rosters in multiple titles.

The Overwatch League started on January 10th, 2018 and will continue through August 2018. The league comprises four stages, each stage having five weeks of matches. The top three of each stage will receive prize money, along with show matches on the last Saturday of each stage. These so-called ‘title matches’ will be held on the last Saturday of each stage and feature the best players fighting for a prize money.

Stage 4 is going to be really interesting with the introduction of Brigitte in the meta. We will not see the new Hanzo in order to maintain balance in the game. However, this stage also is the final stage of Season 1. It will finally decide which teams qualify to the Season 1 playoffs.

You can check out more information on the official website at Overwatchleague.com.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

Regular Season – January 10th – June 16th, 2018

  • Matches in the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions will play out live from the Blizzard Arena each Wednesday through Saturday. Though the season is divided into four stages, wins and losses will count towards teams’ full-season records and all-important seeding for the postseason. On the last Saturday of each stage, the top teams will compete for hefty bonuses and the title of stage winner.
    • Stage 1 – January 10th – February 10th, 2018 [2]
    • Stage 2 – February 21st – March 24th, 2018
    • Stage 3 – April 4th – May 5th, 2018
    • Stage 4 – May 16th – June 16th, 2018
  • All matches in the Regular Season will consist of four-map sets
  • Each Stage of the Regular Season will have its own 8 map pool.
  • The top team in each Division, and the next top 4 finishers from the entire league, advance to the Championship Playoffs in July.

Houston Outlaws vs NYXL

 

Houston Outlaws

Houston Outlaws Roster:

  • Clockwork
  • Mendokusaii
  • Linkzr
  • Jake
  • Coolmatt
  • Spree
  • Muma
  • Boink
  • Bani
  • Rawkus
  • FCTFCTN
  • ArHan

Houston Outlaws is owned by Hector Rodriguez, owner of Optic Gaming. The organization has a rich history in esports industry. They have multiple teams in several esports titles and many of them are successful.

Houston Outlaws started Stage 1 with a very successful performance. The Houston Outlaws used their niche performances on heroes such as Junkrat to gain a huge advantage over their opponents. However as we moved on to the successive stages, we see how the teams started getting better. The new meta which saw other teams rise to prominence based off strong Tracer players saw Houston left behind.

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Jake is not on the Junkrat anymore and his effectiveness has reduced drastically

The main DPS players for Houston are Jake and Linkzr. The two players are very individualistic players with little to no coordination. However, with Jake unable to play a good Tracer, it puts them at a big disadvantage especially when it comes to their team composition. They have to make a stop-gap team composition which can be useful for the team to proceed and compete, but not really winning material.

Linkzr is one of the best counter-widowmakers in the League. By Counter-Widowmaker we emphasize his ability to take duels with the enemy widowmaker and engage them. He often comes out superior or simply keeps them busy and forces them to take awkward angles to stop being at a disadvantage. He is proficient on other characters as well, but his Widowmaker has risen to prominence. He has a mean Genji performance and can also play off-tank roles with prominence.

Linkzr’s Widowmaker is going to be lethal on Ilios

The Houston Outlaws has very peculiar tank lineup. Their performance on the tank roles includes players known for select tanks. So while Spree is a great and talented individual, he is best known for his Zarya. Similarly we see other players such as Coolmatt who have played in official competitions on the D’va. So it is easy to try to guess what Houston’s composition will be depending on the lineup that they field. This composition can be either a Dive or a tank heavy lineup. The coaches have tried to change the lineup and give different players different characters than what they are known for. However, the dip in performance definitely does not help.

 

The Houston Outlaws is currently ranked 5th in the lineup and they have a decent shot at becoming a Stage 4 playoff team. However with only two matches remaining, one against Philadelphia and the other against NYXl, their best chance is their match against NYXL.

 

New York Excelsior

New York Excelsior Roster:

  • Saebyeolbe
  • Pine
  • Libero
  • JJonak
  • Ark
  • Janus
  • Mano
  • Meko
  • Anamo

The Excelsiors are one of the best franchises in the first season of Overwatch League. The team is owned by Jeff Wilpon , COO of the Baseball team New York Mets. The team is extremely successful so far in Season 1 of Overwatch League.

The Excelsior roster is comprised of players quite capable and efficient. They are led by Saebyeolbe, one of the strongest DPS players in the League. His positioning on any character that he plays is impeccable and that is more than half the battle won. Saebyeolbe’s performance has been the highlight of the Overwatch League since Stage 1. Initially, it was his performance onTracer but later we have seen him play all characters at a high level of efficiency.

Pine has been impressive with his Mccree on Ilios

The team includes Pine who is one of the flashiest players in the League. His Mccree does require a high amount of resources, but he is also able to constantly get a high number of kills in the team fight. Pine is a very unique player and requires a specific setting, map as well as resources from the team in order to function at a high level.

The NYXL roster, however, is probably strongest because of their support lineup. Ark and Jjonak are two of the flashiest Support players in the team. Jjonak is one of the deadliest support heroes with a huge precision. Indeed he used to play DPS earlier, however joining a team meant that he had to change roles for the benefit of the team. His teammate Ark is also a very effective individual player, but he remains a less flashy player for the team. Ark’s involvement in the team enables the rest of the team to play up to their potential.

Prediction:

While both teams are talented, Houston has a lot riding on this match. Their chances in this match might be minimal especially when we consider the history of the two teams, we realize that New York Excelsior really has not had a worthy competitor. Now one has to realize the fact that this match does not mean anything at all to New York Excelsior. They are guaranteed a slot in Stage 4 playoffs as well as the Season 1 playoffs. The New York Excelsior will be sandbagging this match, in the words of OWL Caster Monte Cristo.

New York Excelsior is currently third in Stage 4 standings. The performance of the New York Excelsior right now, however, seems to be somewhat mediocre. For them, this match is just a routine exercise and one that will boost their statistics. So for now, we recommend a low bet on Houston Outlaws for this match.

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Introduction

The Overwatch league is a push into establishing a structured esports league for Overwatch. Blizzard first announced the Overwatch League at Blizzcon 2016 and followed it up with almost a year of planning. The gap left in Overwatch esports during this time left a lot of dismayed fans. But the community’s response to the Opening day of Overwatch League has been nothing short of impressive. With over 400,000 fans tuning into Twitch for the first day, one can definitely call the League a success.

The Overwatch League consists of twelve teams in its first season. Slated for expansion in subsequent seasons, the League bears a strong tilt towards North American teams. There are nine teams from North America, One from Europe, One from South Korea and finally a Chinese team from Shanghai to finish the lineup. Each team is allowed a maximum of twelve players, with teams being allowed to substitute players after each map. The Overwatch League has seen investments from several non-endemic to esports investors such as the Kroenke family, Robert Kraft, Hersh Interactive amongst others. At the same time, we have some well-known esports organizations involved in the regular handling of the teams. EnVyUs, Misfits, Immortals, and Cloud9 are some of the most well-known esports organizations with rosters in multiple titles.

The Overwatch League started on January 10th, 2018 and will continue through August 2018. The league comprises four stages, each stage having five weeks of matches. The top three of each stage will receive prize money, along with show matches on the last Saturday of each stage. These so-called ‘title matches’ will be held on the last Saturday of each stage and feature the best players fighting for a prize money.

New York Excelsior won Stage 3 Playoffs and are comfortably leading the overall leaderboards for the League. We saw Boston Uprising end Stage 3 with a perfect 10-0 score. However, they fell in the finals to NYXL, in what is definitely going to be sore thought for the team. As we head into stage 4 we will see the teams slowly develop and the final placements for Season 1 playoffs take shape.

Stage 4 is going to be really interesting with the introduction of Brigitte in the meta. We will not see the new Hanzo in order to maintain balance in the game. However, this stage also is the final stage of Season 1. It will finally decide which teams qualify to the Season 1 playoffs.

You can check out more information on the official website at Overwatchleague.com.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

Regular Season – January 10th – June 16th, 2018

  • Matches in the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions will play out live from the Blizzard Arena each Wednesday through Saturday. Though the season is divided into four stages, wins and losses will count towards teams’ full-season records and all-important seeding for the postseason. On the last Saturday of each stage, the top teams will compete for hefty bonuses and the title of stage winner.
    • Stage 1 – January 10th – February 10th, 2018 [2]
    • Stage 2 – February 21st – March 24th, 2018
    • Stage 3 – April 4th – May 5th, 2018
    • Stage 4 – May 16th – June 16th, 2018
  • All matches in the Regular Season will consist of four-map sets
  • Each Stage of the Regular Season will have its own 8 map pool.
  • The top team in each Division, and the next top 4 finishers from the entire league, advance to the Championship Playoffs in July.

Boston Uprising vs Houston Outlaws

Boston Uprising


Boston Uprising Roster:

  • Striker
  • Mistakes
  • Note
  • Kalios
  • Gamsu
  • Snow
  • Kellex
  • Neko
  • Avast
  • AimGod

The Boston Uprising team is one of the first teams to be associated with the Overwatch League. Well, the players were not associated in the beginning, but Robert Kraft’s name has always been floated around in addition to the Overwatch League. The Boston Uprising roster has been built with the help of their President of Gaming, Huks. He has helped transform the team into what it is today from relatively unknown players to the team that was the first to finish a stage undefeated.

Boston Uprising is owned by Robert Kraft who is also otherwise well-known for his investments in New England Patriots as well as various other American sports teams. The Kraft Family has been supportive of the Overwatch League and is one of the founding members of the League.

The team sees their focus being coordination and a great synergy has developed between the Boston Players. The frontline is impressive despite the loss of Dreamkazper who was released of his contract due to some unethical allegations. The frontline for Boston remains Striker who is impressive despite the changes to the meta in Stage 4. In addition to Striker they also have Mistakes who has to show a proclivity to play a variety of different heroes on the roster. He has played Genji, Pharah as well as Sombra and Junkrat for the team. With Striker being permanently on the Tracer or in some cases the Hitscan role on the team, lots fall on Mistakes shoulders who has to ensure the versatility in the roster.

The tank lineup forms the core of the Boston Uprising synergy. Note, Kalios have been intermittently playing on the roster for quite some time. But the only constant in the team and in their practice sessions has been Gamsu. The veteran player has been a constant source of synergy as well as inspiration to the team. We saw a huge dip in their performance mid-Stage 2 when Gamsu was unavailable on the roster. There were also rumors about a potential split in the team and some players being possibly signed on to other teams.

But when Gamsu returned, the Boston Uprising managed an undefeated streak. They are the only team in the Overwatch League to ensure a 10-0 Stage performance. The tanks synergy with the frontline DPS has been the reason why Boston has such a well-coordinated ‘dive’ strategy. While they have since deviated from the Dive meta a bit, it remains their bread and butter when nothing else works.

Boston has Five different support players. While none of them are flashy such as  Jjonak or a Pistol Neptuno Mercy, they are extremely stable and have a steady performance. This is essential to note since many of their performances get drowned in the flashy DPS and tank playstyle. The Boston Uprising roster has all the ingredients necessary for a successful performance. How they develop their tactics and strategy for Stage 4 is yet to be seen.

Houston Outlaws

Houston Outlaws Roster:

  • Clockwork
  • Linkzr
  • Jake
  • Mendokusaii
  • Coolmatt
  • Spree
  • Muma
  • Boink
  • Bani
  • Rawkus
  • FCTFCTN
  • ArHan

The Houston Outlaws is owned by Hector Rodriguez, Chairman, and Owner of Optic Gaming. The experience in traditional esports gaming as well as the ability to ensure a strong NA based roster makes Houston one of the fan favorites in the Overwatch league. For the longest period of time, Houston was the only team without a Korean player. However, the past meta favored Tracer immensely which is where Houston was put at a disadvantage. So they brought on Arhan, one of the most famous Korean DPS players onto the roster.

The Houston Outlaws was one of the teams to reach the playoffs in Stage 1 of the Overwatch League. The Houston Outlaws performance has definitely seen drastic changes in the League so far. But as we head into the final stage of the Overwatch LEague, the meta has seen significant changes.

Linkzr’s Widowmaker is going to be lethal on Ilios

Houston has a list of DPS players on their team. In fact, they have a total of five DPS players on the roster. Clockwork, Mendokusaii, Linkzr, Jake as well as Arhan are some of the most flashy names in the League. Linkzr has been the most consistent performers in the Overwatch League so far. His ability to counter enemy Widowmakers makes him a very unique player in the League. He can also play several other heroes such as Tracer, Genji and is one of the few players to boast so many heroes to his name.

The other DPS player on the roster might change due to the new meta. We have traditionally seen Jake on the starting roster, but that has been due to first Junkrat and later Tracer. In the new meta we are seeing a variety of heroes being played. This includes heroes such as Widowmaker, Genji as well as Hitscan heroes at times. The new meta does not favor a dive composition and that was the biggest weakness for Houston.

Mendokusaii , Arhan have not seen much, if any playtime. We might finally see the players in action during Stage 4. Houston Outlaws’ diversity in their DPS lineup is definitely going to give them a big advantage.

The tanks on the lineup used to be a big weakness for the roster since their inability to ensure tank versatility resulted in a good prediction of the Houston roster. But with the new meta favoring Zarya as a tank to a large extent, we will finally be able to see Spree in action. Spree is one of the few strong Zarya players in the League and he can finally showcase his talent on a hero he is comfortable with. They still lack the versatility of changing the composition depending on the enemy lineup, but with time we are seeing significant improvements in the interchangeability of the tanks.

Prediction:

The biggest factor in this match will be the new Stage 4 meta. Dive compositions no longer work with as much effect as they used to. This brings a big advantage for Houston Outlaws as they enter Stage 4. They had a very strong win against London Spitfire, which is no ordinary feat. The new meta allows Houston Outlaws to perform to the best of their ability as well as ensure a variety of tactics. With Widowmaker, as well as Zarya, being strong in the current meta, we will see a lot more of Linkzr and Spree on these heroes.

Boston Uprising, on the other hand, will have the exact opposite effect as a team. They have been relying on the Dive meta for a long time and the absence of the Dive meta will put the team at a disadvantage. Their loss to Philadelphia Fusion today is just a precursor for the poor performance on the team.

Finally, we expect Houston to be extremely strong in this match and potentially get a 4-0 win yet again.

 

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Introduction

The Overwatch league is a push into establishing a structured esports league for Overwatch. Blizzard first announced the Overwatch League at Blizzcon 2016 and followed it up with almost a year of planning. The gap left in Overwatch esports during this time left a lot of dismayed fans. But the community’s response to the Opening day of Overwatch League has been nothing short of impressive. With over 400,000 fans tuning into Twitch for the first day, one can definitely call the League a success.

The Overwatch League consists of twelve teams in its first season. Slated for expansion in subsequent seasons, the League bears a strong tilt towards North American teams. There are nine teams from North America, One from Europe, One from South Korea and finally a Chinese team from Shanghai to finish the lineup. Each team is allowed a maximum of twelve players, with teams being allowed to substitute players after each map. The Overwatch League has seen investments from several non-endemic to esports investors such as the Kroenke family, Robert Kraft, Hersh Interactive amongst others. At the same time, we have some well-known esports organizations involved in the regular handling of the teams. EnVyUs, Misfits, Immortals, and Cloud9 are some of the most well-known esports organizations with rosters in multiple titles.

The Overwatch League started on January 10th, 2018 and will continue through August 2018. The league comprises four stages, each stage having five weeks of matches. The top three of each stage will receive prize money, along with show matches on the last Saturday of each stage. These so-called ‘title matches’ will be held on the last Saturday of each stage and feature the best players fighting for a prize money.

New York Excelsior won Stage 2 Playoffs and are comfortably leading the overall leaderboards for the League. They have put forth a really strong showing so far with London Spitfire definitely being their arch nemesis. But the western teams are definitely catching up as we saw Philadelphia Fusion reach the finals of Stage 2. The gap between the western and Korean teams is diminishing with each successive weak. This is what makes the Overwatch League extremely competitive and fun to watch. Shanghai Dragons, on the other hand, will be playing their first match against Los Angeles Valiant.

The Overwatch League Player Transfer window has closed and there will be no more player transfers until the end of the Season. With the new players joining the team, some teams are still looking for their first win of the Season ( Shanghai Dragons). But most of the teams which are in the middle of the pack will be looking towards ensuring a strong showing and appeasing their fans.

You can check out more information on the official website at Overwatchleague.com.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

Regular Season – January 10th – June 16th, 2018

  • Matches in the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions will play out live from the Blizzard Arena each Wednesday through Saturday. Though the season is divided into four stages, wins and losses will count towards teams’ full-season records and all-important seeding for the postseason. On the last Saturday of each stage, the top teams will compete for hefty bonuses and the title of stage winner.
    • Stage 1 – January 10th – February 10th, 2018 [2]
    • Stage 2 – February 21st – March 24th, 2018
    • Stage 3 – April 4th – May 5th, 2018
    • Stage 4 – May 16th – June 16th, 2018
  • All matches in the Regular Season will consist of four-map sets
  • Each Stage of the Regular Season will have its own 8 map pool.
  • The top team in each Division, and the next top 4 finishers from the entire league, advance to the Championship Playoffs in July.

 

New York Excelsior vs Houston Outlaws

New York Excelsior

New York Excelsior Roster:

  • Saebyeolbe
  • Pine
  • Libero
  • Meko
  • Janus
  • Mano
  • JJonak
  • Ark
  • Anamo

New York Excelsior came into the Overwatch league as probably the weakest Korean team on paper. The core formed the former LW Blue roster which had less number of achievements to their name as compared to Lunatic Hai, GC Busan, and Kongdoo Panthera. However, surprisingly the NYXL roster has been the best Overwatch team right now. They have been the top team in Stage 1 and Stage 2. The third stage also looks equally promising for the team.

New York Excelsior is owned by Jeff Wilpon, COO of the baseball team The New York Mets. They have Wizard Hyeong has the Head Coach on the roster as well as Pavane. The organization has made it’s best attempts to provide the players with all the ammunition they need in order to be successful.

Saebyeolbe Image

Saebyeolbe has been instrumental to the NYXL performance

The New York Excelsior lineup is made up of some amazing DPS players. Saebyeolbe is one of the best Tracers in the league. His level of gameplay keeps varying and he is always at the top. While he has changed his playstyle from taking individual battles against enemy tracers to diving the backlines, his effectiveness has not waned. Saebyeolbe remains one of the few players who has maintained their top form since the start of the League. He is an inspiration and is constantly updating the team’s morale.

For the most part, Libero is the other DPS on the NYXL roster. Libero is an average DPS who is helped immensely by the NYXL tanks in getting his name on the scoreboard. Along with Saebyeolbe, they form a lethal DPS combination. Pine has mostly been on the bench with his recent problems regarding his depression. Pine is a very high-risk high reward type of player for the NYXL roster. Ofcourse, they are working on integrating him into the roster in the correct manner, but the comfort level of the team is with Saebybeolbe and Libero on their starting roster.

JJonak NYXL Image

JJonak is as good as any DPS on the NYXL roster

Ofcourse the biggest part of the New York roster is their insanely talented support lineup. With JJonak and Ark on the support heroes, they do not lack the healing or the Damage required as a team. JJonak’s alternate fire volleys are so lethal that he can win the team fights on his own. Ofcourse being kept alive by Ark’s healing is what enables him to do the insane amount of damage to the opponents. Ark has shown himself to be a wonderful Mercy player but we have also seen his potential and performance on other support heroes. The two make a wonderful support combined with a lot of peeling for each other.

The two groups are joined together by the tank lineup. While not as impressive as that of Seoul Dynasty or London Spitfire, the tanks are functional. They know their role and enable the space created for their supports.

New York Excelsior has a comfortable lead at the top of the overall standings. With the way the team is performing right now, we expect them to want to win every match. They should be able to top Stage 3 and it would be a surprise if they did not.

Houston Outlaws

Houston Outlaws Roster:

  • Clockwork
  • LinkzR
  • Jake
  • Mendokusaii
  • Coolmatt
  • Spree
  • Muma
  • Boink
  • Rawkus
  • Bani
  • FCTFCTN
  • Arhan

Houston Outlaws is owned by Hector Rodriguez, Owner, and CEO of OpTic Gaming. Coming from an esports background, they have a lot of experience in managing an esports team. Houston Outlaws, till recently was one of the only team with an all western roster. However, when they added Arhan to their roster, they also joined the rest of the teams in having a Korean player on their roster.

Houston Outlaws presents the perfect study of a team whose results reflect the changing meta in different stages. Stage 1 saw them use the overpowered Junkrat to its full effect. Jake, obviously remains one of the best Junkrat till date in the Overwatch League. However, in Stage 2, Jake’s Tracer has been quite ineffective compared to the better teams in the league.

 

Linkzr Image

Linkzr has been a consistent player on the roster

Houston Outlaws’ fate relies heavily on the performance of their DPS players. They have a wide variety of DPS players in the team such as Mendokusaii, Jake, Linkzr, and Clockwork. However, they have mostly been only using Jake and Linkzr on the starting roster. Linkzr is a very effective Genji and a widowmaker and has been able to match the best in the Overwatch League. However, his picks with Widowmaker are not always followed by a team fight win for the roster. That stems from the problems that they face in finishing of kills fast enough in order to not give the opponents a foothold into the round.

Jake is the centerpiece of any conversation revolving around Houston’s performance. His effectiveness and the loss of form have not been replicated by similar success stories on other players. So this puts a lot of pressure on Linkzr to perform, often times with impossible 

Spree Houston Outlaws Image

Spree is one of the best Zarya players, but his D’va might not be the best

statistics. Houston Outlaws need to figure out their DPS combination in order to be totally effective with their lineup.

The tanks on the team are all individually well-known players on certain heroes. So while Spreeis amazing on the Zarya, Coolmatt is known for his D’va. So when we see a particular roster change, it becomes evident to the opponent as to what the starting heroes for the team would be. It is not impossible to correctly guess the hero composition for the Houston Outlaws, simply depending on the players on the roster for the map. Houston has been trying to field and mix and match the tank players on different tank heroes.

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Arhan was recently added to New York Excelsior

Arhan was recently added to the Houston Outlaws roster. His addition comes as the team feels they need to integrate the Korean culture into their roster. With strict practice and good communication, the current Houston Outlaws roster can become a very good team. However, it is still unknown how far they can go based on their past few days of practice.

Houston Outlaws have started off Stage 3 with a 3-2 win over London Spitfire followed by a 0-4 loss to Boston Uprising. The difference in their playstyle in the two matches is quite evident. They are slightly inconsistent right now and it is difficult to judge which Houston team will show up in this match.

Prediction.

The outcome of this match will depend heavily on the performance of Houston Outlaws. As we mentioned previously, Houston Outlaws is a team which has variable performances at this stage itself. Their 0-4 loss to Boston Uprising is definitely surprising for a team which recently won 3-2 against London Spitfire. It does seem that they are very rigid in their performances and once the opponents figure them out, it becomes difficult for the team to adjust.

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Jake is not on the Junkrat anymore and his effectiveness has reduced drastically


Jake will have to carry the weight of the team on its shoulders. The Tracer player is integral to the performance of the team. We are assuming that they will be fielding the same roster as they have in the previous weeks, which right now, seems to be their best roster. However, that does put Houston Outlaws in a precarious situation as the fate of the team’s results depends on him. Houston Outlaws also need better coordination as a team in order to strengthen their attacks. While they are notorious for getting amazing kills with their DPS ultimates, it is based on individual performances. In order to build up to these ultimates, they often rely on several failed attempts.

New York Excelsior obviously is the best teams in the League. The NYXL roster has developed

Pine Image

Will Pine return to the starting lineup?

an amazing coordination and synergy as a roster. Peeling for their backline has become second nature to the team, and they are always able to protect JJonak and ARK. Saebyolbe’s different play styles provide adequate protection for the support lineup. Once he is able to take care of the opponent’s Tracer, which he should be able to do with ease in this matchup, he is free to harass and potentially eliminate the enemy support lines.

We recommend a medium sized bet on New York Excelsior based on their performance and previous matchups against Houston Outlaws.

 

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Introduction

The Overwatch league is a push into establishing a structured esports league for Overwatch. Blizzard first announced the Overwatch League at Blizzcon 2016 and followed it up with almost a year of planning. The gap left in Overwatch esports during this time left a lot of dismayed fans. But the community’s response to the Opening day of Overwatch League has been nothing short of impressive. With over 400,000 fans tuning into Twitch for the first day, one can definitely call the League a success.

The Overwatch League consists of twelve teams in its first season. Slated for expansion in subsequent seasons, the League bears a strong tilt towards North American teams. There are nine teams from North America, One from Europe, One from South Korea and finally a Chinese team from Shanghai to finish the lineup. Each team is allowed a maximum of twelve players, with teams being allowed to substitute players after each map. The Overwatch League has seen investments from several non-endemic to esports investors such as the Kroenke family, Robert Kraft, Hersh Interactive amongst others. At the same time, we have some well-known esports organizations involved in the regular handling of the teams. EnVyUs, Misfits, Immortals, and Cloud9 are some of the most well-known esports organizations with rosters in multiple titles.

The Overwatch League started on January 10th, 2018 and will continue through August 2018. The league comprises four stages, each stage having five weeks of matches. The top three of each stage will receive prize money, along with show matches on the last Saturday of each stage. These so-called ‘title matches’ will be held on the last Saturday of each stage and feature the best players fighting for a prize money.

We are into Week 3 of Stage 1 with teams clearly establishing a dominance over some others. While Seoul Dynasty remains the team to defeat, the other end of the Spectrum have Shanghai and Dallas Fuel holding hands at 0-4.

The Overwatch League will also have a Player Transfer Window which commences from the day following the last day of Stage 1 (February 11, 2018) and will close one day before the start of Stage 3 ( April 3, 2018).

You can check out more information on the official website at Overwatchleague.com.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

Regular Season – January 10th – June 16th, 2018

  • Matches in the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions will play out live from the Blizzard Arena each Wednesday through Saturday. Though the season is divided into four stages, wins and losses will count towards teams’ full-season records and all-important seeding for the postseason. On the last Saturday of each stage, the top teams will compete for hefty bonuses and the title of stage winner.
    • Stage 1 – January 10th – February 10th, 2018 [2]
    • Stage 2 – February 21st – March 24th, 2018
    • Stage 3 – April 4th – May 5th, 2018
    • Stage 4 – May 16th – June 16th, 2018
  • All matches in the Regular Season will consist of four-map sets
  • Each Stage of the Regular Season will have its own 8 map pool.
  • The top team in each Division, and the next top 4 finishers from the entire league, advance to the Championship Playoffs in July

Los Angeles Gladiators

LA Gladiators Roster :

  • Surefour
  • Asher
  • Hydration
  • iRemix
  • Bischu
  • BigGoose
  • Shaz

Los Angeles Gladiators are the middle of the table with 2 wins and 2 losses after the end of Week 2. The Gladiators have a seven man roster with fixed support and tank roles on the team. The only extra that they have comes in the form of a DPS role for the team.

The Gladiators come with three DPS roles on the roster. They are Asher, Surefour and Hydration. The three players have been almost equally played and have been exceptional in their performance so far. Surefour is the joker on the team as we have seen him consistently pick out the off meta picks to surprise the opponents. With a team member like Surefour you can be sure that Los Angeles Gladiators will constantly bring out different strategies and try to throw their opponents off their comfort zone.

Asher and Hydration are the starting DPS on the team for the most part. While teams have shied away from using the term ‘starting DPS ‘ in the same way as it has been used in traditional sports, we are seeing a move towards making some players more consistent in their appearances on certain teams.

Asher is most well known for his Tracer in the game. In the current meta, every team needs to have a good Tracer player on their team and Asher has not disappointed with his performance on the team so far. Hydration has been known for his Projectile DPS and has shown an inclination to play the amazing Genji, Pharah as well as the occasional Doomfist. Hydration performance on his Genji has been really strong and he has shown several individual performance on the team. We have also seen him bring out the Doomfist in certain situations and he is one of the few Doomfist players to consistently play at the highest level.

We have to specially mention BigGoose and Shaz, who are the two supports on the team. Shaz

Shaz is the player to watch out for in this match

is the second best Support Zenyatta player in the League and his Zenyatta is very well known. He has shown an inclination to do a lot of damage on his Zenyatta while still peeling in the backlines for BigGoose. As a tracer player, Shaz is probably your nightmare since there is a high chance you will be hit by his alternate fire and be killed yourself.

The Los Angeles Gladiators are very well rounded team, but they have almost no substitutes available since they have just a seven man roster. That being said, the team has been impressing us with with their performance so far.

Houston Outlaws

Houston Outlaws Roster :

  • Clockwork
  • Linkzr
  • Jake
  • Mendokusaii
  • Coolmatt
  • Spree
  • Muma
  • Boink
  • Bani
  • Rawkus

Houston Outlaws are the team that Ryujehong mentioned when asked which team had a good chance of defeating Seoul Dynasty. The Houston Outlaws feature a ten man roster which is predominantly North American. They do have a couple of European players on their roster in the form of Linkzr, Mendokussai and Spree. Linkzr has been a consistent DPS on the team and has been playing for pretty much every match.


Looking back at the roster from a macro perspective we can make out that they have a player for every character. However the team does lack the flexibility that a top level team requires. We have Spree as the Zarya main and Coolmatt as the Dva main, but these two players cannot flex on the other hero to the same level of performance. That being said, Houston have been exceptional in the Overwatch League so far.

Jake from Team Houston Outlaws


The starting DPS for the team have been Linkzr and Jake. While Linkzr is mostly the Genji and Widowmaker player on the team, Jake has seen significant improvements from his pre season form to play Junkrat, Soldier as well as Genji. The two DPS players can play almost the wide range of DPS players and their flexibility is what makes the team very strong. The fact that both the starting DPS can play Genji to a high level is what makes this team extremely strong right now.


In addition to the DPS players, Houston has some really well known Support players on the team. Rawkus and Bani have been performing really well in the last week and they were actually the leaders on the fantasy boards in some categories. But the bigger focus has to lie on their tank lineup. While Muma is an exceptional main tank, the off tank role is what makes the entire lineup extremely shaky. Spree and Coolmatt are very strong but they cannot play each others role to the same level of proficiency as we have seen on other teams. Sometimes there are maps which require Dva on one point but Zarya towards the end. The team’s weaknesses are easily spotted in such situations.

Prediction

Houston Outlaws as a team provides us with a lot of versatility on their DPS players. With Linkzr, Jake just being 50% of the DPS available on the team we have seen the organization provide a more even distribution with the other DPS on the team. As a result we have seen their opponents become extremely perplexed as to who will play the starting lineup. They face off against Gladiators who definitely have had a roster substitution issue on their tank and support lineups. The seven man roster is a decent roster but it cannot be as flexible as Houston Outlaws.

The X factor in this match has to be the superior support duo on Houston Outlaws. Shaz provides Houston with an incredible advantage over Gladiators, one which cannot be overcome by exceptional DPS Plays. Houston Outlaws have very strong Tank players on their team in the form of Coolmatt and Spree. The team has been making huge inroads into the league and are currently standing in a position where they can potentially be considered amongst the Top 4 teams in the league.

Linkzr’s Widowmaker is going to be lethal on Ilios

Houston Outlaws suffered a very close loss to Philadelphia Fusion in the opening week. However we have seen them growing stronger with each subsequent match. They did lose 1-3 to New York, but their resilience in that particular match is definitely something that taunts New York till today. Their week two matches both ended in 4-0 wins for Houston Outlaws. Linkzr and Jake have just shown improvements and the team has shown a very good inclination to play around Jakes Junkrat. This match will prove how Gladiators can play against a good Junkrat such as Jake, if they can play against it at all.

Will Hydration bring out his Doomfist?

That being said the maps are Dorado, Temple of Anubis, Ilios and Numbani; these are not really maps which are conducive for Junkrat. So Jake will be playing on other DPS heroes and we will see how effective he can be on these heroes. We will be seeing Linkzr on Widowmaker on Ilios as he will face off against Surefour. This is a battle that Linkzr should win straight up since he is the much better widowmaker.

We think that Houston Outlaws has the advantage coming into this match. They have strong individual DPS and the flexibility in their lineup to make changes as required. They will probably win the match with a 3-1 or a 3-2 scoreline.

 

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Introduction

The Overwatch Inaugural League will be another attempt at making esports mainstream in television, media, and entertainment. Led by Blizzard and their breakout game Overwatch, casual and competitive fans will be attentively awaiting for teams featuring fan favorites and all-star players will duke it off in the biggest Overwatch esports tournament to date.

12 teams from Europe, North America, and Asia will be separated into the Atlantic and Pacific Division. With each team fighting for bragging rights, championships, and prize money, it will be one of the most anticipated projects in esports to date. Many presume that OWL will be the spiritual successor of the infamous CS:Source TV Show CGS. This time, Blizzard are going to try to not repeat the same mistakes; Blizzard is going to try to legitimize Overwatch and esports as a whole.

The Preseason kicked off the Overwatch Inaugural League, with many teams surprising, meeting expectations, or leaving their fans in utter disappointment. Now the real deal begins, as the regular season will show who came prepared to play and win money.

The regular season consists of 4 stages, in which the top 3 of each stage continue to the playoffs for a share of the $125,000 prize pool per stage. Winner takes $100,000, whereas the runner up will settle for $25,000. At the end of the season, $1,300,000 will be distributed based on each team’s standing in the league—the winner taking the biggest share of $300,000.

The playoffs will finish it off with a prize pool of $1,700,000 (winner taking $1,000,000), and be succeeded by an Overwatch All-Stars Game sometime after its completion.

This league’s favorites are the Seoul Dynasty, who sport some of the most dominant and successful players from Korea to set South Korea’s flag in California. Teams like the Dallas Fuel and Florida Mayhem will attempt to defend their pride and land while also looking to claim the throne. With many story-lines preceding the Overwatch League, it will be a roller-coaster of a ride to experience as an esports spectator, fan, player, and more.

For more information, you can check out the OWL Official Site or the more in-depth Liquipedia OWL entry on the Overwatch League.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

Regular Season – January 10th – June 16th, 2018

  • Matches in the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions will play out live from the Blizzard Arena each Wednesday through Saturday. Though the season is divided into four stages, wins and losses will count towards teams’ full-season records and all-important seeding for the postseason. On the last Saturday of each stage, the top teams will compete for hefty bonuses and the title of stage winner.
    • Stage 1 – January 10th – February 10th, 2018 [2]
    • Stage 2 – February 21st – March 24th, 2018
    • Stage 3 – April 4th – May 5th, 2018
    • Stage 4 – May 16th – June 16th, 2018
  • All matches in the Regular Season will consist of four-map sets
  • Each Stage of the Regular Season will have its own 8 map pool.
  • The top team in each Division, and the next top 4 finishers from the entire league, advance to the Championship Playoffs in July

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Dallas Fuel

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  • Kim “EFFECT” Hyeon (DPS)
  • Timo “Taimou” Kettunen (DPS)
  • Pongphop “Mickie” Rattanasangohod (Flex)
  • Brandon “Seagull” Larned (Flex)
  • Christian “cocco” Jonsson (Tank)
  • Félix “xQc” Lengyel (Tank)
  • Sebastian “chipshajen” Widlund (Support)
  • Scott “Custa” Kennedy (Support)
  • Jonathan “HarryHook” Tejedor Rua (Support)
  • Kyle “KyKy” Souder (Coach)
  • Dong-hwan “Violet” Kim (Assistant Coach)

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Dallas Fuel’s roster is one of the strongest non-Korean-dominant rosters in the current OWL League, but that remains to be an unanswered question as OWL teams are still adjusting to their new opponents in the league. Whatever their standing is, the Dallas Fuel are one of the favorites coming into the inaugural OWL season, and will be facing a tough schedule to start off the season.

This team’s composition is one of the dangerous, building off the roster of the already-dominant EnVyUs Roster. It consists of one of the strongest DPS duos in EFFECT’s Tracer and Taimou’s hit-scan capabilities, whereas their hero diversity were bolstered by the additions of Seagull and support player Custa.

The addition of xQc is a very curious one though. Arguably, he is a very strong tank (primarily on Winston), but it changes the play-style of the Fuel very heavily. It favors a more aggressive style with the Fuel roster, whereas chipsajen playing tank makes Fuel play more passively. As this becomes evident throughout the season, this may make the Dallas Fuel more prone to mistakes as enemies will learn how to tackle and counter such predictable team compositions.

Their match against the Houston Outlaws left many in doubt, as Houston Outlaws took it to 5 maps before the Dallas Fuel finished them off in a grueling map 5 decider. Of course, preseason games aren’t great precedents for many of these rosters—considering the recent change in environment and competition. Regardless, when you compare that to how the Houston Outlaws played the Seoul Dynasty, the Seoul Dynasty might be more prepared for this match—based on result.

But, the Fuel will likely adjust their play-style in accordance with the map and tank they are subbing in. Having trick/surprise players like Seagull occasionally subbing in may catch the Koreans off guard in this battle of the titans.

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Seoul Dynasty

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  • Joon-hyuk “zunba” Kim (Flex)
  • Jin-hyuk “Miro” Gong (Tank)
  • Je-hong “ryujehong” Ryu (Support/Flex)
  • Jin-mo “tobi” Yang (Support)
  • Byung-sun “Fleta” Kim (DPS)
  • Sang-beom “Munchkin” Byeon (DPS)
  • Jae-mo “xepheR” Koo (Flex)
  • Seok-woo “Wekeed” Choi (DPS)
  • Joon-hyuk “Bunny” Chae (DPS)
  • Dae-kuk “KuKi” Kim (Tank)
  • Gi-do “Gido” Moon (DPS/Flex, inactive due to age restrictions)
  • Baek Kwang-Jin (Head Coach)
  • Ho-jeong “alwaysoov” Chae (Coach)
  • Yo-han “nuGget” Kim (Coach)
  • Ho-cheol “Hocury” Lee (Coach)

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Seoul Dynasty are the favorites to take it all this season, taking the majority of the APEX dominant Lunatic-Hai lineup and boosting it with many of the top Korean players from other rosters. This entire roster played their parts in Seoul Dynasty’s dominant pre-season, going 6-1-1 with their only loss being against the Houston Outlaws. Of course, this can have a huge asterisk, as the Shanghai Dragons were rolled by Seoul Dynasty due to a lack of practice before the game.

This roster is essentially the all-stars of Korea minus the players on the New York Excelsior (GC Busan + LW Blue), backed by a stacked coaching staff and all the players you can need. The highlight of this lineup is obviously Ryujehong, who is probably the best flex/support in OWL. Top that off with Seoul’s duo support strategy with Tobi, and you have the best support duo in Overwatch right now.

Many of the DPS players on this team (primarily Munchkin and Fleta) are at the top of the standings for DPS mains in the OWL. Don’t forget that their flex and tanks are strong, and should also be held accountable for the early success Seoul Dynasty. Minding the immense coaching staff to backup this roster, there is no denying that this team is using every second possible to prepare and claim the trophy.

We can already tell how strong this lineup will be, having destroyed the closest team to them—the New York Excelsior—in a whopping 3-1 (including a 90 second round on Lunar Horizon Colony). While their match against the Houston Outlaws was very close, there is no telling if there will be a team like the Houston Outlaws that can come close to contesting this lineup.

Let’s settle it right here: the Seoul Dynasty are the most dangerous team in this league.

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